Bully: A Live Review

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So today I found out what you guys call a French fry sandwich…chip butty”, smiles Bully lead singer, Alicia Bognanno, before bouncing into 2014 single ‘Milkman’ which is best known for its appearance in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – the soundtrack being played in the background whilst shredding the streets and inevitably falling off your board.

Bully, in Cambridge for the first time in their career, the Nashville band (completed by drummer Stewart Copeland, lead guitarist Clayton Parker and bassist Reece Lazarus) had a more close knit personal gig at the Portland Arms, as well as another London date at The Garage in Highbury. The crowd of young fans headbanging at the front and cheering throughout like they’ve been waiting for this event all year.

Part cool-new-sensation, part Kurt Cobain-reincarnated-screams, with sounds reminiscent of 1991, Bully’s ‘Too Tough’ sounds like a nostalgic grunge dream and is certainly representative of the rebellious youth in the south, struggling in the liberal Christian surroundings in the rural areas.

Bognanno guides the band through this era with the roaring vocals of ‘I Remember, as well as the mixture of soft and harsh melodies in their most popular song ‘Trying’. Then there is the mesmerizing drum and guitar riffs of the band’s breakthrough single ‘Brainfreeze’ which was released in 2013 as a casette single (adding a unique vintage quality)  which certainly hasn’t set them back, as they had CDs, vinyls and tons of T-shirts in the back, showing how far the band has come in just two years.

Bully are far better to be seen up close and personal as the clarity of the style can be seen to be expressed more clearly. 100% a must see whilst they are touring Europe.

 

Written by Zak Rosewell

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The story of Injin

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They don’t come much more intriguing than the mysterious, yet talented Injin whose music evokes many of the same sentiments. A mixing pot of both natural and synthetic sounds, paired with soaring, yet modest vocals create a sound that simply has to be heard to be appreciated.

But that’s just my opinion. Take a listen for yourself.

You can even find out a little about the man behind the music if you head on over to his website. Here’s part one of Injin’s story:

When we were kids, our brains were like sponges, soaking up anything and everything of life, especially things that appealed to us (e.g our first teddy bear, toy, or train set, etc.)

Mine.. was a tin Drum. We remember certain awards given to us collectively or verbally for our achievements. Something in the sports fields, or taking apart a watch, or machine and finding out how it works, and putting it back together again. My life was music from day one, listening to my mother Joan, singing in the kitchen of our home. Joan had a lovely voice, my father Stan also had a lovely voice. And the house was always full of music, mostly mother singing on her own.

Neither parent were professional, My mother a proud housewife, and my father a Manager of one Company or another. But at parties, Stan would be mimicking America’s Bing Crosby, Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra’s voices well, in the next breath.. a very convincing comical George Formby. Joan had a rhaspy voice, and also sang well known songs, but only at parties, and a few quiet country pubs later in life. They were well loved. But I loved music in every sense of the word. I was considered a natural in rhythm, timing and balance.

Then there were the days of the swinging 60’s, whereby Big Dance Bands, Jazz Bands, Dixie, and early Rock + Roll, Flower power, were hitting the scenes, and everything was truly buzzing. You would always find me analysing musical parts, why they put a musical piece in one position, of a music score, or song, but left a space in another. And finding out why or how it worked. I had quite a few nice friends, but something happened to me, when I was just 7 yrs old. I suddenly stopped ‘growing’…

If that isn’t intriguing, I don’t know what is…

River Child invites us under the ‘Lone City Lights’

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Single taken from upcoming  debut EP ‘Start Over Again’

A thoughtful singer songwriter based in North London, River Child is the creator of original indie-folk tunes with a soulful edge.

An ex-busker who got so much good feedback from his pavement performances he decided to take to the studio, with second single ‘Lone City Lights’ coming next.

Brilliant in its simplicity, the track marries a vocal reminiscent of Dylan with an upbeat shuffle rhythm which belies the darker lyrics, as well as mixing acoustic and jangling electric guitar to great effect. You can hear the song here:

Looking to build on his burgeoning reputation with this single, River Child is working hard on the London scene to keep turning heads – and with top quality, accessible music like this it shouldn’t be long until more and more eyes are on him.

Produced by Ian Wallman, this is music easy on the ear but written from the heart – a soulful reminder of how affecting a simple chord/melody combination can be.

‘Lone City Lights’ is out on January 19th

Find River Child online:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/riverchildmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/child_river

Instagram: riverchildpics

Guitar Sensation ‘Daryl Kellie’ to Release New Album ‘Wintersong’

To find your first guitar at the young age of eleven in the attic of your parent’s new house is a lucky find, but for Daryl Kellie, it can only be described as fate. Self taught for most of his life, he is undeniably one of the most talented fingerstyle guitar players in the UK, with influences ranging from Queen to Django Reinhardt. Daryl has combined his unique talent with his mesmerising vocals, and he will be releasing his highly anticipated album ‘Wintersong’ on 10th February 2014.

By the age of sixteen, Daryl was gigging every weekend, with his younger brother Nick on drums. He moved to London when he was nineteen to study music, and hasn’t looked back. Living in his van, with a bed, camp-stove and of course, a guitar in the back, this was when he really started to develop as an artist. He was even taught by Jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor. Despite attracting lots of attention from music managers, Daryl decided to remain completely independent and release his own music without the help of a label. Daryl’s message to others who may be in this predicament is “figure out what you really love and concentrate on that, if you try to do something else, your heart won’t be in it”. His ever-growing fan-base means he can also tour without the involvement of big promoters.

Daryl has toured constantly for the past 2 years and supported a massive range of acts, from Toploader to Carl Palmer of Emmerson Lake and Palmer fame, plus notorious American blogger Perez Hilton has also raved about him….”So clever! So good! And, the fact that he’s gorgeous doesn’t hurt either!”.

Here are just a couple of the many outstanding reviews he has received:

‘Daryl Kellie is a brilliant and exciting new musical talent’

– Richard Chapman, (Author of the million selling classic ‘The Complete Guitarist and ‘The New Complete Guitarist’)

‘To call Daryl a guitarist would be a bit of an over simplification. A million miles away from that guy who used to walk around college twanging his way through Green Day covers to anyone who’d listen, Daryl treats his guitar like a mix between a drum kit, a keyboard and a guitar. Utilizing an oft attempted (but rarely mastered) ‘tapping’ technique along with ‘body percussion’ as employed by fellow guitarists such as Eric Roche and Tommy Emanuel, Daryl dropped jaws with his cheeky cover of Beyonce’s omnipresent ‘Single Ladies’ and literally melted minds with an extended Michael Jackson medley. Anything that makes hearing ‘Single Ladies’ for the billionth time a little less ear-stabbingly repetitive deserves the highest praise imaginable.

–Sternberg Clarke

If you can’t wait to hear the album, Daryl is releasing a cover of the Beyonce hit ‘Single Ladies’ on December 16th.

Have a listen: https://soundcloud.com/daryl-kellie/single-ladies-put-a-ring-on-it

Or watch a live session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1UnylkE-LI

He will also be releasing his own single ‘Would’ on January 20th 2014!

 

Social Networks:

https://www.facebook.com/darylkellie

https://twitter.com/darylkellie

https://soundcloud.com/daryl-kellie

 

Videos:

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